Image of St. Jerome the Hermit, @1630.
Text at bottom (as best I can decode):
At bottom: Crisp. De Pas Inv. Excud.
LL corner re-enforced on back. Nibbling of paper round edges. Vertical wrinkling centre. Some yellowing along top. Some small spots of thinning of paper in image.
17.25 x 23.5 cm
Crispijn van de Passe the Elder, or de Passe (c.1564, Arnemuiden - buried 6 March 1637, Utrecht) was a Dutch publisher and engraver and founder of a dynasty of engravers comparable to the Wierix family and the Sadelers, though mostly at a more mundane commercial level. Most of their engravings were portraits, book title-pages, and the like, with relatively few grander narrative subjects. As with the other dynasties, their style is very similar, and hard to tell apart in the absence of a signature or date, or evidence of location. Many of the family could produce their own designs, and have left drawings.
Crispijn II (ca. 1597-1670) worked in Paris, at least from 1617 to 1627, in Utrecht (1630–1639), and from then until his death in Amsterdam.